Faculty of Law


FIRST AND SECOND CYCLES OF STUDIES AT THE FACULTY OF LAW

The Faculty of Law (FLW) at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) was established in 2015 and tasked with the mission of providing legal education of the highest possible standard in quality to students in the First, Second, and Third Cycles of studies, meaning from undergraduate all the way to the Ph.D., consistent with the Bologna educational formula utilized here at this university. Our vision is to be one of the leading Law faculties in the Balkan region. Currently, our offerings are limited to the First and Second Cycles (i.e., B.A. and the M.A.) as described below in this informational material. FLW opened its educational and professional door to the public in Fall of 2015, when the first cohort of students enrolled. That first set is poised ready to complete their studies and graduate timely in May of 2019.  

1. BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.) IN LAW
Overview of the B.A. Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Law at IUS is a four-year, eight-semester, program of 240 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), broken down into about 30 ECTS per semester.  To prepare students able to confidently navigate the challenges of a globalized world, we strive to empower students with cutting-edge instructional materials that are methodologically grounded, and multidisciplinary (i.e., draws on insights from germane social science disciplines, notably economics, history, and sociology), as well as combine practical knowledge and intellectual erudition. Our overall aim is to produce innovative problem solvers who—because they are adequately sensitized to the growing connections between domestic and international laws in a quickly-changing world and the need to harmonize these connections, and because they are versed in the application of legal principles to facts at hand—are ready-made to work in both the public and private sectors in their respective countries and abroad. Most rudimentarily, we strive to educate lawyers, versed in languages other than the ones they were born into, capable of effectively communicating with their colleagues from other parts of the world, legal experts who cherish human rights, are committed to building a society based on the rule of law, and possess ethical values capped with an abiding sense of justice, among other habits of mind. 

In addition to mandatory courses, such as constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, civil law, commercial law, and EU Public and Private law, our students can also select from a range of elective courses in meeting their academic requirements. These include, but are not limited to, law of financial institutions, law of information technologies, environmental law, human rights, and many others.

Like its parent institution, FLW prides itself on its diversity and international character. Accordingly, our law school is home to students and teachers from various parts of the world. It is precisely these attributes that our country needs as it synchronizes domestic regulations with its international obligations on the way to its cherished goal of integration into the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Employment Opportunities

Upon completing the baccalaureate degree, students will acquire basic knowledge of legal sciences as well as the necessary legal skills for admission into and successful completion of advanced legal studies. Graduates who, at this stage, choose to go into the work world, rather than continue their legal education, would have obtained the professional skills—including internships in government agencies and private organizations while at FLW—that they need to secure employment in the public or private sectors.  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) needs educated international legal experts who think and are able to work in English, the official language of the EU and the language of global politics and commerce. Therefore, along with the possibilities for practical experience in law, the main advantage for FLW graduates from BiH flowing from their IUS education is the benefit of lessons conducted in English, the medium of instruction at this university.

2MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.) IN COMPARATIVE PUBLIC LAW (awaiting activation)

This program is a 60-ECTS, writing-intensive option, 15 of which are assigned to the design and completion of a thesis. Depending on progress with the thesis, the program lasts about two semesters or one academic year. In the first semester, students must complete five courses, three of which are required classes and two electives. In the second semester, students must register for and complete three courses, namely: two required courses, and one elective, plus the thesis. 

Requirements for Admission into the M.A. in Comparative Public Law

Candidates who earned a baccalaureate degree in law or related discipline, such as political sciences, economic sciences, criminal sciences, or criminology are eligible for admission into this program. Call for admission into this program complies with the Law, Statute and Rules of study at IUS. Successful application into the program mandates submission of documents enlisted in the call for admissions.

To complete the requirements for admission, applicants must submit evidence of proficiency in English necessary for successful completion of the program. This includes by successfully passing the Proficiency Exam with the English Language School of IUS, in accordance with the general acts of the University. Applicants may also be required to take a special test or be called for interview aimed at determining their proficiency in English.

3. MASTER OF ARTS (M.A.) IN COMPARATIVE PRIVATE LAW (awaiting activation)

This program is a 60-ECTS, writing-intensive option, 12 of which are assigned to the design and completion of a thesis. Depending on progress with the thesis, the program lasts about two semesters or one academic year. In the first semester, students must register for and complete five courses, four of which are required and one of which is an elective. In the second semester, students must register for and complete three required courses, plus the thesis.

Requirements for Admission into the M.A. in Comparative Private Law

Candidates who earned a baccalaureate degree in law or related discipline, such as political sciences, economic sciences, criminal sciences, or criminology are eligible for admission into this program. Call for admission into the program complies with the Law, Statute and Rules of study at IUS. Successful application into the program mandates submission of documents enlisted in the call for admissions.

To complete the requirements for admission, applicants must submit evidence of proficiency in English necessary for successful completion of the program. This includes by successfully passing the Proficiency Exam with the English Language School of IUS, in accordance with the general acts of the University. Applicants may also be required to take a special test or be called for interview aimed at determining their proficiency in English.